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Thompson Calls Brooklyn Non-Profit Poorly Managed

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The city comptroller says a Brooklyn non-profit that helps struggling families keep their kids out of foster care has been poorly managed. According to Comptroller Bill Thompson's audit, the Child Development Support Corporation failed to do criminal background checks on 95 percent of its employees.

Thompson says the organization also failed ...

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E-Waste Bill Returns to City Council

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Today, the City Council is expected to pass two bills that would mandate the recycling of old computers and televisions. Only one has the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The City Council and the mayor were headed for a standoff over the so-called Electronic Waste Bill.

Bloomberg said ...

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New Rules for Crane Inspections

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New, stricter rules for regulating cranes have been announced by the Department of Buildings.

It's a response to the crane collapse on 51st Street that killed seven people a week and a half ago. That accident occurred while workers were trying to extend the crane, something called "jumping."

From now on, ...

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7, L Trains City's Cleanest

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Eighty-eight percent the cars on the L line were rated as clean, compared to just 61 percent the last time the survey was taken two years ago.

The 7 train saw even more dramatic improvement - it jumped from the fourth dirtiest line to tie for second cleanest. The two lines ...

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CSI Workers Protest New Rules

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

City officials say it's no different from punching a clock. But crime scene investigators are complaining about having to use palm-print scanners to track how many hours they've worked.

The palm-print system is called CityTime and it's now being used by thousands of city workers in 17 agencies.

Forensic scientists from ...

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City Aims to Be More Senior-Friendly

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Along with the Bloomberg administration, the City Council and the New York Academy of Medicine are holding a series of forums throughout the five boroughs to hear from senior citizens about how to make the city more "age friendly."

WNYC's Kathleen Horan stopped by a forum on the Upper West ...

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Court Rules WTC Workers' Lawsuits Can Proceed

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A federal appeals court says lawsuits can proceed on behalf of thousands of World Trade Center workers who say they were not properly protected during post-9/11 cleanup efforts. WNYC’s Fred Mogul, has more.

Lawyers for New York City and the Port Authority had asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Tishman Speyer To Develop Far West Side

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A new chapter has opened in the fate of the Hudson rail yards on the Far West Side, considered the last remaining substantial piece of undeveloped property in Manhattan. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the Hudson Yards, has awarded development rights to Tishman Speyer, the owner of Rockefeller Center.

The ...

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Mayor Unveils Rapid Bus Service

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and top transit officials unveiled a new rapid transit bus that would cut the commute from the Bronx to Manhattan by five minutes. But, officials say the new bus service can only happen if the mayor's congestion pricing plan goes through.

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says if the ...

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New Bill Mandates Recycling of Electronics

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Today, the City Council passed two bills mandating the recycling of old computers and t.v.’s. One bill is supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is expected to get his signature. The other is thought by e-waste recycling supporters to be tougher, and it does not have the mayor’s support. Councilman ...

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Paterson Discusses Drug Use, Affairs

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

During a lengthy televised interview last night, Gov. David Paterson said New York has a chance to set a tone of fiscal responsibility as it seeks to close a $4.6 billion budget gap.

PATERSON: I want New York to be a national leader in how to address our sagging economy, and ...

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Fight Against Mortgage Fraud Lacks Funding

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Proposed budget cuts will handicap the fight against mortgage fraud - that's according to the city's district attorneys.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says in just the last few years, real estate and mortgage fraud cases have tripled. And that, he says, is just the tip of the iceberg.

BROWN: ...

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Bell witness: Cops didn't identify themselves

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Another witness to the shooting of the Sean Bell testifies police didn't identify themselves before opening fire. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more from the courthouse.

Bell's friend Gene Nelson, said Bell exchanged heated words with a stranger in front of the club Kalua, and that Bell and another friend threatened ...

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Doctoroff Gets OK for Involvement in City Projects

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The city's Conflicts of Interest Board has cleared the Bloomberg Administration's request to have former Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff continue to be involved in several high profile city projects and initiatives.

Doctoroff left his job heading Economic Development for the top post at Bloomberg LP back in January. The ...

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MTA Backpedals on New Service

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is going go back on the word given by its chief executive just three weeks ago. Lee Sander told thousands of people during the first ever State of the MTA address that he wanted to go ahead with $30 million worth of extra bus and subway ...

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Straphangers Campaign: Improvement in NYC Subway 'Shmutz'

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Good news, straphangers! The level of "subway shmutz" has improved slightly.

That's the word from the Straphangers Campaign.

The group's annual survey finds the biggest improvements on the "L" and "7." Straphangers staff attorney Gene Russianoff says the group wants to "congratulate" NYC transit for assigning extra cleaners and new managers on ...

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GOP Insider May Have Had Role in Spitzer Inquiry

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The name of an influential, behind-the-scenes Republican strategist has surfaced in connection with former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s scandal.

Back in November, Roger Stone had his lawyer write to the FBI alleging that Spitzer was consorting with a prostitute.

The letter says Stone learned the information from "a social contact in an adult-themed ...

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Beebo Brinker Chronicles

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

These days, the cable TV show the L-word brings lesbians into mainstream American living rooms. But 50 years ago lesbian pulp novels inspired a generation of women. Theater critic Alisa Solomon has these reflections on books by Ann Bannon and a new play they’ve inspired.


Beebo Brinker ...

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Paterson Weighs Giving Spitzer E-mails to DA

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is weighing whether to turn over to Albany County District Attorney David Soares the e-mails of his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer. Soares requested the correspondence, after reports indicated that Spitzer was deeply involved in the scheme to use troopers to discredit Senate Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has ...

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An English Take on Wall Street

Monday, March 24, 2008

Just a week ago, the Federal Reserve approved JPMorgan's takeover of Bear Stearns at $2 a share. Now, JPMorgan reportedly wants to boost that price to $10 a share to appease Bear Stearns shareholders.

The Fed would have to approve any new deal and it's apparently unhappy with the higher price.

Here ...

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